Conservatives line up behind possible Trump Supreme Court finalists

Pauline Gross
July 8, 2018

The President interviewed seven candidates from his master-list of 25 judges, the White House said.

Lee, who steadfastly refused to endorse Trump, revealed his vote for president on election night. A day later, Trump interviewed three other individuals.

- Savoring the suspense, President Donald Trump is weighing his choice on a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy from the seclusion of his golf club in New Jersey. "Because there's so much attention on Roe, it'll be much harder for them to back someone who just says, 'Oh, I'll give all due deference to precedent'".

The resignation Thursday of Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, after months of scrutiny over ethics issues added some uncertainty to Trump's timeline for a Supreme Court decision. Because she was just confirmed, we know that constitutionalists and conservatives backed her; we know the Senate leadership fought for her confirmation with press conferences, floor speeches, and the final vote. As part of the rollout process, the White House has been preparing information packages on all four, said two people familiar with the process who were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Thapar was on the shortlist of candidates after judge Antonin Scalia died in 2016.

The US President has chosen prime time to make the announcement.

Judge Raymond Kethledge, 51, is widely touted as "Gorsuch 2.0" - he and the Supreme Court's newest justice are fishing buddies and share a similar judicial philosophy.

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After that, 24 of them will remain on what will be the not-quite-it list - a collection of administration-approved conservatives designed by the Federalist Society to appeal to Trump's all-important base of supporters. Politico reported on Monday that the liberal action group Demand Justice was investing $5 million into a shock-and-awe messaging campaign that would emphasize the threat posed to abortion rights by Trump's potential nominee. "His record generally shows that he takes these questions seriously, that he makes the effort not to insert his personal views into decisions".

Some have suggested that Kethledge could be another justice in the mold of Trump's first nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

And Kavanaugh also worked on "The Starr Report", which outlined the grounds for President Bill Clinton's impeachment. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg-a Democratic appointee and the Supreme Court's most fervent liberal-is 84. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski because she is an outspoken social conservative who some observers believe may be more amenable than others on the short list to overturning Roe v. Wade.

In two cases dealing with President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, Kavanaugh went against his more conservative colleagues and rejected constitutional challenges to the health care law.

Barrett is 46-years-old, married, a mother of 7 and is devoted to her faith.

The president told reporters that the process to replace Kennedy on the high court will "begin immediately".

"We had to replace three local actors, including one who was to play Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe), even after she begged for the role".

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